our story


KMD Architects is an idea firm built from a diverse community of talents, experiences, and personalities. These attributes shape a common desire to create inspiring places for people to work, live and enjoy. We work intuitively through to the logic of actions and embrace the emotion of collaboration. 

Since our founding by Herbert McLaughlin in 1963, KMD has been a vanguard design firm always asking the question, "What if ...?" Through more than five decades KMD has established itself as an international planning and design firm that encompasses practices of workplace, healthcare, retail, hospitality, mixed-use, civic and academic. We often work with partner design firms which allows for greater personal service to our clients and a larger contribution of ideas to the project. This collaboration is at the heart of almost every project.

As planners and designers, we strive to absorb the cultural context and unique demands that shape each design opportunity. This is done before a single line is drawn. We continually learn from our experience and the world around us which informs our creativity, innovation and individuality. Our work reflects great variety because each project is a unique challenge calling for a specific solution. This idea is central to KMD's ethos.

KMD has been recognized with more than 250 project awards, including more than 40 from the American Institute of Architects.